I love collecting prints and posters. I think it’s safe to say that all designers love prints and posters. It’s hard for us to resist hand-drawn prints or a beautiful letterpress posters. I definitely have a weakness for artwork that represents the home because, while I love Chicago, California still has a place in my heart. So my collection is stocked full of Chicago, Illinois, Los Angeles, and California prints. Since I’m flying home tomorrow, I’ve put together a round-up of some of kick-ass studios with state- and city-themed art. Check out the links below to start building your own collection!
Armada Supply Co. is another small print studio based out of San Francisco, CA. The prints are printed on fine art paper with archival ink and can be purchased at three sizes (5×7, 8×10, and 11×14). I’m a sucker for hand-lettered type and maps, so I’m a sucker for the silhouetted maps. With prices starting at $10, you should run, not walk, to Armada Supply Co.’s Etsy or website shop to grab a print for yourself.
(Image via Armada Supply Co.)
Finch & Cotter is based right here in Chicago and they’re cranking out some lovely home decor pieces. My favorites are the custom map prints (pictured below). These prints are 11×14 archival prints that are easy to frame. You can choose any 2 colors you want, and up to 3 locations for your custom piece. You can purchase these $18 prints through Etsy or the site’s shop.
(Image via Finch and Cotter)
Constellation & Co. is a kick-ass letterpress studio based out of Seattle. They design prints and cards with lovely typographic sentiments, including the You Are Home To Me print. The great thing about these designs is that they’re printed on vintage atlas pages AND you can request that a specific state be included in the background! You can purchase one of these beauties through Etsy or the site’s shop.
(Image via Constellation & Co.)
1canoe2 is a Missouri-based letterpress studio that specializes in hand-illustrated and lettered prints, home goods, and fabrics. While I recommend that you check out their entire stock, don’t forget to look through their State Prints. The sweet little State Prints with short sayings measure at 5×7 and only cost $16—how can you resist? You can purchase through Etsy or the site’s shop.
(Image via 1Canoe2)
If you’re looking for a state-themed print with a little more illustration, look no further than Paper Parasol Press. This studio has some great letterpress cards, limited edition prints, and state-themed prints. The colorful state prints have state-specific illustrations scattered throughout the print that will make you smile. The state prints are 8×10 and only cost $26 on Etsy or the site’s shop.
(Image via Paper Parasol)
For all you minimalists out there, I give you Jenna Sue Design Co. Jenna Sue, the owner, designs perfectly minimal street maps with bold blocks of color. The great thing about these designs is that you can purchase them in 9 different print sizes and 8 different canvas sizes. So whether you’re looking for a small print or a large focal piece, Jenna Sue Design Co. has you covered. Bonus? You can choose the color of your print! You can purchase these City Map pieces through Etsy or the site’s shop.
(Image via Jenna Sue Design Co.)
Side note, I’ve had See You Again by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth on repeat this week. It’s a tribute song for Paul Walker from the Furious 7 and it definitely made me cry. RIP Paul Walker. Cue all the tears.